New York's Activ8Kids! Promotional Bike Ride and School Recognition Tour Begins Day Three of Five-Day Campaign in Central New York

Event Held at Herman Avenue Elementary School in Auburn

Albany, NY, September 28, 2005 - The New York State Department of Health's five-day Activ8Kids! Promotional Bike Ride and School Recognition Tour began day three in Auburn. As part of the tour, volunteer bicyclists serving as Activ8Kids! ambassadors will visit seven schools from Buffalo to Albany on their 360-mile tour across Upstate New York this week to promote healthy lifestyles among children. The bike tour will conclude at the Empire State Plaza in Albany this Friday, September 30th at 1:00 p.m.

The Activ8Kids! Riding Team visited Herman Avenue Elementary School in Auburn today where an assembly was held to greet the ambassadors. The event included participation by the ambassadors, the "Healthy Mascot Jamboree", Seward School Rope Jumping Team, Owasco School Ball-Handling Team, Herman's High Flyers and the school's students and staff. Jamboree mascots, Abner Doubleday, Kernel Corn, Bess the Cow and BEE Healthy, were present to help spread the Activ8Kids! message to the children to encourage good eating habits and increased physical activity to maintain their health.

New York's Activ8Kids! campaign, developed by Governor George E. Pataki and the State Department of Health, promotes the consumption of at least five (5) fruits and vegetables; participation in at least one hour (1) of physical activity; and no more than two (2) hours of screen-time by children each day.

"The goal of the Activ8Kids! Promotional Bike Ride and School Recognition Tour is to bring home the Activ8kids! message to children and families throughout New York," State Health Commissioner Antonia C. Novello, M.D., M.P.H., Dr.P.H. said. "Activ8Kids! is a program children can enjoy and follow easily to increase physical activity, as well as eat more fruits and vegetables. We are encouraging parents, schools and the community to develop events and programs that will energize children and get them involved in the decisions that will help them manage their lifestyles and health."

From an educational and historical perspective, New York's Erie Canal system will be highlighted during the Activ8Kids! Promotional Bike Ride and School Recognition Tour. The tour will follow New York's Erie Canal trail, with events scheduled at schools in Buffalo, Victor, Auburn, Canastota, and Niskayuna, with the final event culminating in Albany.

The Department's promotional tour is being coordinated with the following New York State agencies: the Department of Agriculture and Markets; the Office of Tourism; the Department of Education; the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; the Department of Transportation; and the Canal Corporation.

The following schools are part of the tour to promote the State's Activ8Kids! campaign and the New York's historic Erie Canal:

  • September 26:
  • September 27:
  • September 28:
  • September 29:
  • September 30:
  • September 30:

Governor George E. Pataki is encouraging all schools throughout New York State to join in the Activ8Kids! campaign by creating opportunities for students to engage in additional physical activities. Participating schools in the Activ8Kids! campaign will receive a special recognition certificate from the Governor and will be featured on the Department's web site: www.health.ny.gov.